Stampin’ Up! Dropping MDS But…

Yes, Stampin’ Up! is no longer going to carry and support MDS. This is their latest update:

New Dates

To accommodate the Retired List promotion timeline, we have extended the availability date for MyDigitalStudio.net, the digital download manager, and our MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight (MT), June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9. If you need assistance with backing up your digital downloads, we recommend that you visit MyDigitalStudio.net/backup.
Project Life

The Let’s Get Away Digital Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! from the occasions catalog posted on the ProjectLife.com website yesterday and is currently available for 20 percent off. For the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the ProjectLife.com store.
Future Updates

While Stampin’ Up! will not sell MDS or any of its associated products after June 2, 2015 or offer support for these products after June 9, 2015, we are working on a solution for you to continue to be able to use your digital downloads and order print products. Stay tuned for updates.

This is a very sad thing for many who have loved MDS and digital design. However this is not the end! As long as your computer does not crash, you can still use MDS for digital crafting. You just can’t purchase new downloads or order digital prints from Stampin’ Up! You can order prints from other places like Snapfish, Office Depot to name a couple. Of course, you can still print your project out on your own printer. What will be missing is tech support if you have problems with the program or your computer crashes and you need to reinstall the program.

Here are some options to provide for these scenarios:

  • Back up your files to an external drive. Click here for discussion in mydigitalstudio.net on how to do this. The link will be valid only through midnight on June 9th when everything connected with MDS comes down at Stampin’ Up!
  • Download all your purchases also in the ‘other applications format’ so you can use them with any image application that uses layers and either .jpg or .png formats. Save these downloads on an external drive or disc.
  • MDS was created by StoryRock. StoryRock has another program, My Memories Suite, that is compatible with all the MDS files. StoryRock will even let you have MMS version 5 for free and help you transfer all your MDS files over to MMS. Go here for more information. You can still keep MDS and copy, not transfer, your files to MMS. Then you will be able to use both programs with MMS being a back up for MDS. There are a couple of differences like MMS does not have the capabilities of you printing cards at home and their commercial print options are a little different than MDS ones.

Remember that all the digital downloads including MDS are discounted 30% through June 2! Check them out here and round out your library while you can.

Last Week!

Link to the Stampin' Up! 2015 retirement lists

This is the last week to order retiring stamp sets and whatever retiring accessories are still left. Click on the image above to see them. It is also the last week to order from the Occasions seasonal catalog. Most of what is in that catalog will also not be available to order.

One of my demo friends compiled a list of the items from the Occasions catalog that have been included in the new 2015-2016 Annual catalog. Occasions Items carried in 2015 If you  are like me and have been wanting some of the items but were holding off until you knew if they would be available in the new catalog, I urge you to purchase them now. Most prices in the new annual catalog have been raised by 5 cents so that an item in the Occasions catalog that was $19.95 will be $20 when the new catalog is active. I want you to be able to take advantage of these savings so order this week!

Also know that the retiring stamp supplies are only guaranteed through May 26, after that they also will be on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis.

Finally, remember that My Digital Studio is being retired. Here is the latest update from Stampin’ Up! regarding the timeline for various parts of MDS being stopped.

We are excited to let you know that all of our MDS items will be included in the upcoming Retired List promotion from April 21-June 2, 2015. Digital downloads, software, and print products will all be discounted by 30 percent and are guaranteed to be available through the end of the promotion (MDS software discs are available while supplies last, where applicable).

Starting next week, Tuesday, April 21, everything in the MDS product line will be available for 30% off. Click the appropriate link below to get a full list of every item and to see the promotional pricing. Lists available in PDF and Excel Spreadsheet formats.

New Dates

To accommodate the Retired List promotion timeline, we have extended the availability date for MyDigitalStudio.net, the digital download manager, and our MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight (MT), June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9. If you need assistance with backing up your digital downloads, we recommend that you visit MyDigitalStudio.net/backup.
Project Life

The Let’s Get Away Digital Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! from the occasions catalog posted on the ProjectLife.com website yesterday and is currently available for 20 percent off. For the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the ProjectLife.com store.
Future Updates

While Stampin’ Up! will not sell MDS or any of its associated products after June 2, 2015 or offer support for these products after June 9, 2015, we are working on a solution for you to continue to be able to use your digital downloads and order print products. Stay tuned for updates.
We hope that you enjoy the Retired List promotion—and that the extended deadlines will be helpful to you as we phase out the MDS product line.

Be sure to watch for a blog post this week as to what you need to do to back up your MDS files.

Painted Blooms

Painted Blooms handstamped card

I needed a larger card to enclose something I needed to mail so this is what I came up with in less than 15 minutes. The piece of the beautiful Painted Blooms designer series paper was laying on my desk, a reject from a previous project. It was the perfect size for this card made from a full sheet of Wild Wasabi cardstock. I had a square of Gold Glimmer Paper laying on my Big Shot table that was just the right size for cutting out the butterfly which I added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I tied a Blackberry Bliss bow using the ‘fork’ method and added it at the bottom of the designer series paper with glue dots.

A beautiful thing about using photopolymer stamps is that you can see exactly where you are going to stamp and you can line them up perfectly on one acrylic block. The greeting is composed of two stamps from the Work of Art stamp set. I love the combination of the two fonts!

The beautiful Painted Blossoms designer series paper will not be in the new annual catalog so you have until June 2nd to stock up on it.

This month is also the time that many Stampin’ Up! stamps and other products are being retired to make room for new, exciting product. The supply of retiring stamp sets is guaranteed until May 26 but all other items are on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis, are discounted up to 50% and are beginning to sell out quickly. Go check out the retiring items now and order them while you can. My online store is here

To order the supplies I used in this card, click on the images below.

 

Retirement List Help

Link to the Stampin' Up! 2015 retirement lists

Have you been to the Stampin’ Up! site to see the retirement lists yet? If so you may be as frustrated as I am by the very small print. Click 2015_Retiring-LargePrint_Alpha to see the retirement list in large print and by page number and 2015_Retiring-LargePrint_Alpha to see the list in large print and in alphabetical order. Then click on the image above to order those things you want.

Warning:

The availability of stamps is guaranteed if you order by May 26 but accessories are on an ‘as supply lasts’ basis and most of the 2013-2015 In Color papers, inks, and refill inks have already sold out. So have the Heart Collection Framelits. The packs of selected individual colors in 12 x 12 size are being discontinued and have also sold out already.

I highly recommend you waste no time in checking out the retirement lists and placing your orders now! When you do order, use the Hostess Code EURP4CUG and I will send you a free gift for ordering from my online store.

Last Day!

Free Shipping April 6-10

Today is the last day for free shipping from Stampin’ Up! Any size order qualifies for the free shipping except for Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. (The shipping charge for them is discounted all the time.) Now is the time to stock up on your supplies and order a few more items from your wish list. The 2013-2015 In Colors will be retiring the end of May so be sure you have all the reinkers for those ink pads. Check out the Weekly Deals below and the Clearance rack to round out your order.images of the Weekly deals for 4-7-15

Whoop! It’s Coming!

Free Shipping April 6-10

It’s not often that Stampin’ Up! offers FREE SHIPPING and certainly not on everything except Paper Pumpkin subscriptions and certainly not for 5 DAYS!

  • How about a little shopping relief in the midst of figuring out your taxes?
  • How about rewarding yourself now that you have finally filed your taxes?
  • Now is the time to stock up on your stamping supplies and perhaps check off some of the items still on your wish list and get FREE SHIPPING!
  • Get it? FREE SHIPPING!

Get your wish list ready so you can order early next week. Volume of orders will be high so place your order early to avoid delays. Call me with your order, email me with your order, or place your order through my online store next week. If you place your order on Monday, you will still be able to order items from this week’s Weekly Deals at 15% off shown below. Then place another order later in the week to take advantage of the new Weekly Deals that will come out on Tuesday. There is no minimum order requirement.

Images of the Weekly Deals for week of 3-31-15

 

All Good Things Come to an End

SAB New ItemsToday is the last day you can choose a free item for each $50 in product you order through my online store. That’s right, Sale-A-Bration ends at midnight. It is sort of like cinderella, midnight is the deadline. Check out the wonderful Sale-A-Bration frre items you can choose from by clicking on the image above and then hurry over to my store to place your order before the clock strikes 12 Mountain Time.

You might want to order some of the new Weekly Deals to make up a $50 order and get a free SAB product at the same time. Check them out below!

Images of the Weekly Deals for week of 3-31-15

Paper Pumpkin sale imageFinally there is a third way to order $50 to get a free SAB item and this one also ends tonight! Preorder a 3 month subscription to Paper Pumpkin, a monthly stamping surprise in the mail, and get $5 off for the three month subscription. There is no limit to the number of three month subscriptions you can purchase at this sale price so order four and get a $20 savings for the whole year! You just use one subscription at a time.

Why get a subscription to Paper Pumpkin? Do you

  • like to get a surprise in the mail? Each month you will receive a complete paper crafting kit which will be an exciting surprise.
  • have limited space for crafting supplies? Everything you need to create the monthly project are included in the kit.
  • Have limited time to spend creating fun projects? These projects are quick and can easily be completed in about 1/2 hour. Plenty of time for a little ‘me’ time while your baby sleeps.

Then Paper Pumpkin is for you. I’ll be happy to get you started but do take advantage of this sale price while it lasts!

 

Only a few days left!

Paper Pumpkin sale imageWhat is Paper Pumpkin you ask? It is a monthly subscription to a creative kit from Stampin’ Up! Each month you receive in the mail this cute pre-cut cardstock, ink and stamps, and embellishments are provided along with detailed directions for completing the project. Each month is a different project. Sometimes it is a card, sometimes a journal, and sometimes a party decoration. A Paper Pumpkin subscription is perfect for you if you

  • have little space to store a lot of crafting supplies
  • have little spare time but really like to do paper crafting because most of the projects can be completed in about 30 minutes
  • love getting fun things in the mail
  • love getting a surprise every month

During Sale-A-Bration, a three-month prepaid subscription is on sale. Not only is it on sale but the sale price is over $50 so you also get to choose one of the Sale-a-Bration free items. You can purchase more than one three-month prepaid subscription for more savings. That is what I did. I bought two of them. When your order is processed, you will receive an email with a code number to use when you access your prepaid purchase. If you order more than one three-month prepaid subscription, you will receive a separate code for each three-month subscription. Be sure to save those codes as you will enter the second code to access your second three month when the first subscription expires. If you bought 4 of these at the sale price, you would save $20 over the 12 month prepaid subscription price. And you would get to choose 4 free Sale-a-Bration items. What a great deal is this?! But you must hurry and place your order with me or through my online store by next Tuesday evening. Click on the image above for more details and to order.

 

Heartfelt Thank You

handmade thank you cardI was asked this week to make a large, very large thank you card for our church choir director. I convinced the person requesting this that a card with several pages inside would work better than a very large card. This card is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card with two additional sheets of Whisper White cardstock inside.

The outside is a sheet of Painted Bloom designer series paper (137784). I created the greeting in MDS and printed it out on a scrap of the reverse side of this flower design. Then I cut it out with one of the Labels Collections Framelits (125598).

I layered pieces of music cut from an old song book on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the largest size die of the Hearts Collection (125599), the scalloped one. I used glue dots on the scallops to adhere some retired pleated ribbon around the heart and then mounted it on the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To make this card yourself, you can trace around that scallop heart die and cut it out with your paper snips to make a mat for the heart in place of the ribbon. A few Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) gave added interest.

I stamped ‘from all of us’ from the Crazy about You stamp set (w – 138856, c – 138859, p – 137137) with Wild Wasabi ink on the first Whisper White page and adhered ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ cut out of Wild Wasabi with the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363) (bundle of Crazy about You and Hello You Thinlits available, see below) underneath the stamping.

I held the cover and inside pages together with a length of retired gold cord tied around the spine of the card. Since this is a larger card, I used a sheet of Painted Blooms and the Envelope Punch Board (133774) to create an envelope.

To order the supplies I used for this card, just click on the linked photos below.